Rising Stars Parents and Cast Page
Stuff for Parents
Rising Stars is not just a student theatre program at Old Town Theatre; it is a family organization. As such, we depend on parents to be involved in almost every aspect of the theatre production. While our director, stage manager and vocal and dance coach will handle the task of getting your student ready to perform, students will need YOU to do your part to help them get to rehearsals and performances on time, assist with costuming and make-up and serve as parent liaisons during rehearsals and performances.
If your student is cast in a show, we require at least one parent to be involved and to attend at least TWO mandatory Parents Meetings. Parents Orientation is generally held about two weeks before auditions. There, representatives from the Theatre will walk you through the process and answer any questions. Because there is NO CHARGE for students to participate in Rising Star Productions, parents need to be prepared to join at least one parents committee to help our volunteers. Three more mandatory parents committee meetings will be held prior to Performance , and each cast member must have at least one parent (or representative 18 years or older) attend TWO or more of these meetings.
The packets below will guide you through the process and help you record and remember essential dates. In addition, this site will be updated regularly to keep you informed.
Parent Volunteer Support Teams are essential to the performance. You will actively serve on at least one Parent Support Team during rehearsal and performance weeks. You will get to know other students and parents, and we will utilize your experience and skills to help every student have the best possible theatre experience. Whether you sew costumes, bake cookies or just come to lend moral support, your student and the other students in attendance will depend on you and learn from your wisdom and guidance.
Ron Dodson is a retired Speech and Theatre teacher from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, with 30 years of teaching under his belt and many years being a part of Austin’s theatre scene. He believes that participation in student theatre offers children a chance to move gracefully and competently to the "stage of life" by teaching them strong life skills and building their character. Ron is excited to be a part of the Board of Directors at Old Town Theatre, and is looking forward to the upcoming shows and keeping the “theatre lights” alive and strong in his newly adopted city of Huntsville.
Sheila Cannon graduated from Huntsville High School and studied Vocal Music at Dallas Baptist University and Sam Houston State University. She has acted in various musicals and had a principal role in the movie, The Life of David Gale. Sheila owned her own dance company for seven years and recently joined the board at Old Town Theatre. She serves as a vocal coach to students of all ages, is an accomplished classical pianist and vocalist and works closely in the yearly production of Huntsville Super Star.
Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held October 17 and 18 at the Theatre. We have between 12 and 20 slots available for students (depending on age), and many are speaking roles. This will be joint production between Rising Stars and The Company @ Old Town.
If you (and your child) are new to Rising Stars, we strongly recommend the Pre-Production Meeting on October 17, at 11 a.m., at the Theatre. We also encourage you to sign your student(s) up to participate in Dickens on the Square. This is a brand new event in Huntsville, and this year we'll be kicking off with just a few street performances in the block in front of the theatre on Saturday, December 1.
We are organizing a committee already for next year, and the City of Huntsville, Main Street and the Wynne Home are partnering with us to turn Dickens on the Square into a full downtown Christmas Festival next year. Please volunteer for the committee if you have time. The process promises to be as much fun as the event, and as a committee member you can help shape the future of the program.
To be part of all the fun, join Rising Stars and The Company @ Old Town. We will send you emails to remind you of dates, invite you to production meetings and keep you "in the know."
See You Around The TOWN!
What To Expect
The cost of producing a youth play, particularly a well-known musical, can be quite expensive. We rely on community donations to make productions possible, and we believe every student should be able to participate free of charge. Community sponsors will help us with some of these costs, and ticket sales will help us at the end, but during production time, we rely heavily on parents to help our students have the best possible experience.
If your student is cast, you will be responsible for:
Requirement: In order to participate in a Rising Stars production, your child must be AT LEAST 8 years of age by the day of audition. Your child must be YOUNGER than 18 years of age on the last day of performance.
Note: We welcome young people aged 17 and older in The Company @ Old Town Theatre.
To learn more about the details, follow the links the the packets on the right. If you're new to auditions and student theatre, start with the Auditions Packet. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 936-293-8681.
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New Parents, Rising Stars Orientation Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.
Christmas Carol Pre-Production Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.
Auditions: A Christmas Carol
Wednesday-Thursday, October 17-18,
5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Dickens Costume Assignments Mandatory Parents Meeting
Monday, October 22, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Dickens Troupe and Costuming
Saturday, November 3, 1 to 5 pm.
Mandatory Parents Meeting
Costuming and Props
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 to 3 pm.
T-shirt Orders /
Cast Bios Deadline
Saturday, November 3, 5 p.m.
Christmas Carol: Parents Committee Meeting
Final Touches Production
Monday, Nov. 12, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Sunday, Nov. 18 through Wednesday, Nov. 21 and (possible) Friday, Nov. 23;
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. nightly, some afternoons TBA; Nov. 26-30, and Dec. 2-6
Cast/Family Discount Tickets Deadline
Friday, November 23, 5 p.m.
Nov. 24 (Times to be Announced)
Full Dress Rehearsals
Sunday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 6
(Times to be Announced)
Final Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Strike and Cast Party
Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 pm. to 8 p.m.